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Zt Saves: Worldwide Conservation

Saving species in today’s world takes vision, innovation and — most importantly — collaboration. We are committed in protecting species in their natural habitats by creating strong and successful partnerships with conservation organizations that are engaged in field initiatives.

Global Conservation Efforts

Bornean Orangutan Conservation

This critically endangered species has seen a population decline of more than 50% during the last 60 years largely due to deforestation by the palm oil industry. We are home to three generations of orangutans, which are part of AZA’s Species Survival Plan.

Buy Sustainably

Found in the forests of Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are critically endangered due to deforestation by the palm oil industry. Palm oil can be found in a wide range of products such as food, cosmetics, household goods, & more. When it is grown unsustainably, new areas of forest are cut and burned, destroying the orangutan’s habitat. However, sustainable palm oil is grown by re-using the same land for production.

As consumers, we hold the power for change! Supporting sustainable palm oil will encourage more companies to make the change to sustainable production. Download the Sustainable Palm Oil app on your smart phone and scan items while you shop to make informed decisions.

Download Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Sustainable Palm Oil App 

We are proud to support and partner with the Bornean Orangutan Survival Foundation

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Macaw Conservation

There are almost 400 species of parrot found in tropical and subtropical regions around the world that are often brightly colored, charismatic and smart birds. Unfortunately, about 1/3 of all parrot species are threatened with extinction. In 2022, our team traveled to Costa Rica to help our partner organization, Macaw Recovery Network (MRN). While there, the team conducted census work of the wild Great Green macaws and visited nesting sites as well as assisted MRN with various tasks, including helping out in their breeding center. The mission of the trip was to further knowledge of ​macaw populations​ in the wild and collaborate on initiatives to conserve these amazing birds!

The Macaw Recovery Network is doing incredible work in Costa Rica with wild populations of Scarlet macaws and two critically endangered species: Great Green macaws and Yellow-naped Amazon parrots. 

Learn more about the Macaw Recovery Network.

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There are five species of rhinoceros in the world and each plays a unique role in their environment and the larger ecosystem as a whole. We care for two of these amazing species – the Southern white rhino and the Greater one-horned rhino. Commonly known as an Indian rhino, these gentle giants are a rare, endangered species. Unlike Southern white rhinos, the Indian rhino is one of just two species of rhino that only has one horn and their skin looks like armor making them truly unique! Through our participation in AZA’s Species Survival Program we have had seven white rhino and four greater one-horned rhino offsprings.

Southern White Rhino Conservation

The Southern white rhino is the only rhino species that have broad flat lips that they use to pull grasses and low lying shrubs out of the ground. These guys are considered the lawn mowers of the African savanna and they can eat upwards of 100 pounds of food a day. Just think of our grocery bill! Rhinos have two large horns on the front of their faces which are made from keratin. This is the same material as your hair and finger nails! Due to this material, the horn can be molded and shaped however the rhino chooses. There are eight white rhinos currently living here at ZooTampa. If you come visit our crash, you will see each of our rhinos has their own unique horn that they shape on objects throughout the yard such as logs, the ground, or rhino sized toys. They have their own styles – just like you and I!

Greater One-Horned Rhino Conservation

The greater one-horned rhino, also known as an Indian rhino, is the largest of all five species of rhinos weighing in as much as 4,600 lbs! This vulnerable species is facing threats in the wild due to habitat loss and illegal poaching for their horns. In the early twentieth century it was estimated that only 200 of these semi-aquatic creatures remained in their native Eastern Himalayan habitat. Thankfully, the Indian and Nepalese governments along with wildlife authorities banded together to increase the protection of these beautiful giants. There are now an estimated 3,500 Indian rhinos in their native lands making them the only rhino species with an increase in population.

We are home to three greater one-horned rhinoceroses, Johnny, Jamie and their baby Gronk. Greater one-horned rhinos are called this because they only have one horn, making them true, living unicorns! Greater one-horned rhinos are also semi-aquatic and are great swimmers. You can often find Johnny enjoying his pool during the heat of the day. Our female, Jamie, prefers to “wallow” instead and take mud baths that protect her skin from bugs and the sun.

All rhino species need our protection, but the greater one-horned rhino’s story can give us hope that positive change can happen.

We are proud to support and partner with the International Rhino Foundation

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African Elephant Conservation

In 2003, we partnered with The San Diego Wild Animal Park to rescue a group of 11 African elephants. At that time, their home park in Swaziland was not able to sustain the number of elephants that lived there. When too many of any one species live in one place, they can break down the ecosystem – and all the plants and animals that live there can suffer. Along with our partners, we transported the elephants to San Diego and Tampa. This helped the remaining elephants by freeing up natural resources. And, by increasing the gene pool among elephants in managed-care, we are making a difference and contributing to saving these majestic animals!

Learn more about the International Elephant Foundation

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We have supported okapi conservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for over 10 years as a partner of the Okapi Conservation Project (OCP). The Okapi Conservation Project has a long history of engaging the local communities, living in and around the Ituri Forest, to conserve and protect the remaining okapi and their habitat. Our Zoo is home to one endangered okapi.

Learn more about the Okapi Conservation Project

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African Penguin Conservation

There are 18 species of penguins in the world, with 5 being warm weather species. That means that almost 1/3 of penguin species spend their time in warm weather, similar to Florida, instead of the chilly Antarctic. African penguins are critically endangered in their native home of South Africa. Over fishing and pollution are the two main causes for the penguin population declining. Plastic pollution plays an even larger role in the plight of penguins. We are home to a colony of penguins who have love being out in the sun and swimming around in the water.

Learn more about the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB)

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More Global Conservation Efforts

Additionally, we are proud to support the following conservation programs:

Species Survival Programs (SSP)

As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, we participate in 103 Species Survival Programs which help in the long-term sustainability of vulnerable, threatened and endangered species. The programs we participate in include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. 

The SSP program oversees the population of select threatened and endangered species within AZA member organizations. This program has had widespread success in ensuring that, should a species population become functionally extinct in its natural habitat, a viable population still exists within a zoological setting with species reintroduction programs.

Saving Animals from extinction

SAFE species are at risk of extinction and need our help. Below are the AZA SAFE species that we care for at ZooTampa.

  • African Penguin
  • Asian Hornbill
  • American Red Wolf
  • North American Songbird
  • Bornean Orangutan
  • Eastern Indigo Snake
  • Giraffe
  • Radiated Tortoise
  • Cownose Stingray
  • African Painted Dog

Our Animals

Animals in Our Care Under the SSP
african elephant

African Elephant

African elephants are typically social animals. They live in family units, which consist of 10 closely related females and their young, while males roam in small, loose herds by themselves.

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Shoebill Stork

Shoebill Stork

Shoebill storks are never found in groups. Only if food is in short supply will they be seen foraging near each other. Even breeding pairs will forage at opposite sides

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nile lechwe

Nile Lechwe

Nile lechwe live in large, loose herds numbering anywhere from 50 to 500 individuals. This species is not well studied due to the civil unrest in the area. Adult males will

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Our Conservation Partners

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Take Action

Each ONE of us can make a difference in the preservation of the ONE world we share. We encourage you to be a conservation leader in your home, community, and around the world! Small actions you take can make a huge impact on protecting and preserving wildlife and wild places.

Job Fair

Please review our booking tips before continuing

1. Please make one field trip per reservation order. Complete one and start a new one if you have multiple days you are booking.

2. Headcount can be approximate. Please include children and adults in your headcount. Please do not include pass holders in your headcount for a ticket.

3. On the ticket page, choose the correct grade level (to the left of your screen) to receive the correct chaperone ratio.

4. On the ticket page, when on the calendar section, the number of tickets available will appear in the top right corner for each particular day. Tickets available include children and adults. If you have more people than tickets available, please choose another day.

5. Anyone that is ordering lunch, even pass holders and adults that receive free chaperone tickets, do need to pay for a lunch IF they are ordering one. Free chaperone tickets and pass holders are for admission only.

Boxed lunch orders must be received 5 business days prior to your field trip arrival. Groups will be responsible for all boxed lunches that were confirmed at that time.

6. Payment does not need to be paid at the time of registration. Choose the pay upon arrival option if you would like one person to pay for your entire trip on the day of your visit.

7. The prices of adult and children’s tickets are different.

8. You will receive a confirmation number and confirmation letter via email when your trip is confirmed. If you do not, please contact FieldTrips@ZooTampa.org right away.

Join our Summer Camp Waitlist

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Important Information

To complete your camp registration, you must:

  • Add camps to your shopping cart.
  • Enter roster information for each camp.
    • List all people that are authorized to pick-up your child from camp.
    • No camper will be released unless the adult picking up the child is on the authorized pick-up list and shows a photo ID.
  • Read and agree to the following documents:
  • Make payment.
  • Upon payment, you will receive a Confirmation Email with the above documents attached. Please print, sign, and return the Camp Waiver and Liability Release to EducationPrograms@ZooTampa.org or ZooTampa Summer Camp, c/o Jamie Elkington, 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604. All waivers MUST be received no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of your camp program or your registration is subject to cancellation.

By clicking the registration button below, I confirm that I have read and agree to the Camp Waiver and Liability Release and Camp Handbook and will print, sign, and return the Camp Waiver and Liability Release to complete my registration.

‘Tis the Season For Giving!

Donate to the ZooTampa Giving Tree

Trustees of the Lowry Park Zoological Society, Directors of the Lowry Park Zoo Endowment Foundation, and the Employees and Volunteers of ZooTampa understand and appreciate the vital role of philanthropy to accomplish our work. That’s why we subscribe to the Donor Bill of Rights developed by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, National Society of Fund Raising Executives:

“Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes that they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  1. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.”

ZooTampa at Lowry Park is committed to protecting your privacy. We value the trust of our donors, volunteers, employees, and other supporters and recognize that maintaining this trust requires us to ensure the confidentiality of personal information that you share with us.

As a non-profit organization, ZooTampa relies on your support, depends on the support of generous contributors, and achieves ambitious fundraising objectives by communicating with and understanding donors. We know that it is essential to protect the privacy of that information. ZooTampa, the Lowry Park Zoological Society, and the Lowry Park Zoo Endowment Foundation will neither sell nor trade a donor’s personal information to any other entity without the written permission of the donor.


Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa, INC.: Registration No. CH140
Lowry Park Endowment Foundation, INC.: Registration No. CH20389



Phone: (800) 435-7352

Christmas in the Wild Reservation Changes

  • This can be found in your original purchase or reservation confirmation email.
  • We will do our best to accommodate your request, however changes are based on availability. A member of our team will reach out to you via the contact information provided above within 48 hours. Note: an additional fee may apply to event tickets being changed to a higher priced event night. Thank you!


Outside Food & Drinks Policy

ZooTampa at Lowry Park offers a variety of delicious food for guests at several restaurants and concession stands throughout, but we understand that guests may need to bring outside food for special dietary needs. Acceptable and prohibited food items are listed below. For the convenience of our guests, there is a picnic area located outside the park near the main parking lot.

 Acceptable Items
  • Bottled water (max 20oz bottle, sealed) one per guest
  • Small snacks for young children
  • Baby food/baby formula
  • Soft-sided insulated bags no larger than 8.5” wide x 6” high x 6” deep (limit one per child)
  • Pre-purchased empty ZooTampa souvenir cups
  • Any food required for medical purposes and medically-indicated nutritional supplements
 Prohibited Items
  • Prepared or packaged food or meals
  • Alcohol
  • Glass or any open containers or water bottles filled with beverages
  • Hard-sided coolers of any size
  • Soft-sided coolers larger than 8.5” wide x 6” high x 6” deep
  • Suitcases and soft-sided bags with wheels larger than 24” long x 15” wide x 18” high

Prohibited Items

For the safety of our animals, guests and employees, the following items are not permitted to be brought into ZooTampa:

  • Any type of explosive or weapon 
  • Knives or other sharp objects
  • Pepper spray
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Marijuana
  • Illegal drugs
  • Straws
  • Clothing likely to create a danger or disturbance
  • Any hazardous items or materials

The following items are also prohibited to avoid blocking of walkways and/or trip hazards:

  • Segways
  • Hover boards
  • Two-wheeled scooters
  • Self-balancing electric vehicles
  • Shoes with wheels
  • Drones
  • Hard-sided coolers of any size
  • Soft-sided coolers larger than 8.5” wide x 6” high x 6” deep
  • Suitcases and soft-sided bags with wheels larger than 24” long x 15” wide x 18” high

Please leave any unnecessary articles secured within your vehicle to expedite your entry into the park.

We reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not observing Zoo Rules.

Pay For A Day Tickets

With a new Pay For A Day, Rest of Year Free ticket – for a limited time – you get unlimited admission through December 31, 2024 including access to our seasonal event series. Some blockout dates apply — see below for details. Not valid with any other discounts.

When does my Pay For A Day ticket expire?

Pay for a Day Get the Rest of the Year Free tickets purchased in October, November, or December of 2023, are valid from the day of purchase until 12/31/2024. Any Pay For a Day Get the Rest of the Year Free tickets purchased prior to October 1, 2023 expire on 12/31/2023.

What are the blockout dates?

11/24/23 – 11/26/23
12/26/23 – 12/31/23
3/9/24 – 3/17/24
11/24/24 – 11/26/24
12/26/24 – 12/31/24

Blockout dates apply to admission before 4:00 PM on the above dates.

Can I purchase a Pay For A Day ticket on a blockout date?

Yes! You can purchase a Pay for a Day, Rest of Year Free ticket for first-time use on a listed blockout date and have full access to the park on that day. Blockout dates apply to repeat visitation.

Can I use my Pay For A Day ticket on blockout dates? If you already have your Pay for a Day, Rest of Year Free ticket and wish to visit during a listed blockout date, please stop by the Zoo’s ticketing windows for alternate options:
  1. During blockout periods, Pay For A Day ticket holders have access to significantly discounted single-day tickets.*
  2. For a limited time from the date of purchase, Pay For A Day tickets can be upgraded to a Zoo Membership (with no blockout dates).
I purchased a Pay For A Day ticket online. How do I get my actual ticket?

Bring a copy of your confirmation (or show the confirmation email on your mobile device) to expedite entry into the Zoo. At your convenience during your visit you can stop by the Tours & Guest Services kiosk located just inside the Zoo to print your physical pass. No need to stand in line at the ticket windows. Walk right in!
Still have questions? Email us or call (813) 935-8552 ext. 0.